Today we're diverging from news about U.S. Mint coins to talk about an innovative coin recently created by the Royal Canadian Mint. It is fitting on Veterans Day to bring you a story about how Mints are honoring their veterans, and the coins the Canadian Mint has produced are truly works of art.
The Royal Canadian Mint will be participating in a special commemorative event at the 11th hour of today, November 11th, the 11th month of the year, to honor the men and women who made tremendous sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens.
Furthermore, as in the past, the Mint has issued several collector and circulation coin products that represent the fallen soldiers and those currently serving. The Limited-Edition Proof Silver Dollar (limited to worldwide mintage of only 5,000) features an enameled red poppy that commemorates the last Canadian veteran of World War 1. The third edition of the 25-cent Poppy Circulation Coin was created this year in association with the Royal Canadian Legion. The previous coins were minted in 2004 and 2008.
The third product being offered is not a coin, but rather a 'Remembrance Day Collector Card' that requires a $5 donation to the Military Families Fund, set up to support families of active military members in the case of unforeseen circumstances.
This is not the first selection of commemorative coins released this year; Canadians also celebrated the centennial of Canada's Navy earlier in 2010. Among the coins issued for this historic accomplishment were the 2010 Proof Silver Dollar, engraved with the HMCS Sackville, (limited to 50,000), and a set of gold-plated Canadian Navy Centennial circulation coins in combination with a pair of stamps portraying the Canadian Navy of the past and present.
To view the coins, visit www.mint.ca; some of the coins are still available.
For further reading on this topic, see The Royal Canadian Mint's article posted on Coin News.